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Sigma brings 15.4-megapixel SD1 DSLR to Photokina

updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed September 22, 2010

Sigma SD1 keeps Foveon X3 sensor, 11-point AF

Japan's Sigma Corp. has today taken the covers off its flagship Sigma SD1 15.4 megapixel DSLR at Photokina. It adopts a lightweight, weather-proof, solid magnesium alloy body to house its 1.5X crop Foveon X3 sensor. The technology enables the camera to capture all primary RGB colors at each pixel location rather than use a Bayer filter and leads Sigma to make a questionable claim to a 46-megapixel sensor.

An 11 point twin cross autofocus system guides the shots, while a three-inch LCD provides previews. Primary storage comes through CompactFlash cards. The camera is expected to be available February 2011, with pricing to be confirmed closer to the actual ship date. [via Photography Bay]

by MacNN Staff



  1. rombe3jr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What price range will this be in?

    your comment

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't buy anything Sigma

    It's not really 15MP. Sigma uses creative math for their numbers. And Foveon technology has been shown to not work well. The company produces c*** products.

  1. tvalleau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Mr. Strat obviously didn't read the article. It finally IS a real 15 Mp camera. There are some issues with the Foveon sensor (historically noise and color-bleed), and some significant benefits. The announcement is encouraging, but I'd certainly wait for hands-on reviews. (& no: I'm not a Sigma owner; I shoot Nikon.)

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will probably be around $2,000. I don't see how it will be any lower. The SD15 is 4.6MP sells for over $1,000.

  1. Povl

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Price according to CNET

    According to an article on CNET, the camera is scheduled to be released in Feb. 2011, and the price will be "very competitive" and in the neighborhood of the EOS 7D. I'm not sure if I believe either of those "facts", though... And yes, Mr. Strat, it is actually 15 MP, and will probably outresolve most 30 MP Bayer sensors. I just hope they have some way to keep the noise down.

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